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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Technology North America) May 19, 2013

Boeing China formally approves Boeing's Dreamliner for use. China's civil aviation regulator on Thursday formally approved Boeing 787 Dreamliner for use in the country, clearing the way for Chinese airlines to start operating the aircraft, which has been plagued with problems. The regulator made the announcement in a short statement on its website (www.caac.gov.cn), without giving further details. China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (ZNH.N) and smaller rival Hainan Airlines are among the global carriers which have ordered the aircraft. The 787 Dreamliner was grounded worldwide in January after batteries overheated on jets owned by ANA Holdings Inc and Japan Airlines Co Ltd . Investigators in the United States and Japan have yet to establish what caused the batteries to overheat. May 16, 2013

Boeing Boeing CEO says company returns focus to 777X. Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said the aircraft manufacturer is back to work on two new versions of its 777X. "With the 787 fleet back in flight and new deliveries under way, our full focus returns to our ongoing commercial airplane priorities," McNerney said. May 16, 2013

Boeing Boeing Begins Certification Testing on 747-8 Performance Improvements. A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental successfully completed its first test flight this week with a package of performance improvements including enhanced GE engines. This package is designed to improve the fuel efficiency of the popular jetliner. With Boeing Flight Test and Evaluation Capt. Kirk Vining and Chief Pilot Capt. Mark Feuerstein at the controls, the airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 1:30 p.m. local time and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle approximately four hours later. "It was a great flight and the engines performed as expected," said Capt. Vining. "This is an important milestone for the flight test program." The airplane Performance Improvement Package (PIP) includes improvements to the GEnx-2B engines and Flight Management Computer (FMC) software. Boeing's continuous efforts to improve the 747-8 family have resulted in an accumulated 1.5 percent gain in fuel efficiency since the first airplane was delivered less than two years ago. These new improvements will give operators an airplane that is an additional 1.8 percent more efficient. "These improvements are a part of our commitment to continually improve our great airplanes for our...

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